3.1. Controlled and effective transition to renewable energy
The UN’s climate panel has determined that the world community needs to phase out the use of fossil fuels faster than reserves are running out. Otherwise, we will do lasting damage to the climate. We know that we cannot base the future’s energy supply on oil, coal and gas or the burning of waste.
Burning fossil fuels must be phased out as soon as possible, and investment in exploration and extraction of fossil fuels from new areas must be stopped. There are far more fossil fuels in already known reserves than it is responsible to burn, if the goal of keeping us under a temperature increase of two degrees to be achieved. Therefore, it makes no sense to look for even more, further burdening the environment in the process.
The Alternative therefore thinks that Denmark should refrain from continuing to explore and exploit oil and gas from the Arctic and other vulnerable areas. Similarly, The Alternative believes that Denmark should refrain from the exploration and exploitation of shale gas from underground.
The Alternative will work for an effective and controlled transition of our energy sector to 100% renewable energy within the next 25 years.
Solar energy is a field of technology that is developing rapidly, and research is ongoing on more efficient, flexible and economical solutions. Nevertheless, only a fraction of our energy is currently derived from solar energy.
The Alternative believes that there is great potential for further investment in this area, and will work for better conditions for the exploitation of solar energy by increasing support for the establishment of solar cell- and solar heating systems. This will be done by, for example, requiring that all new public buildings incorporate solar energy and by increasing the incentives for installing solar energy systems on existing buildings.
Sustainable waste management
30 years ago, Denmark restructured its waste management from landfills to incineration. We are therefore experts in waste incineration today. But even though our waste incineration is effective, it is not sustainable and is accompanied by a range of problems, such as loss of important resources, environmentally damaging cinder and air pollution. When it comes to organic waste, we can get more energy and value from waste through anaerobic digestion.
Therefore, we urgently have to significantly reduce waste incineration. Instead, we should focus on reusing and recycling materials and products. We can learn a lot from our neighboring countries and from the municipalities that have already transformed their waste management and chosen to focus on biogas. The ambition is that all of our waste will, in the long term, be considered an untapped resource, and that Denmark will be a leader in the field and focus on creating the breeding grounds for the growth of a green industry in the waste sector.
Energy Cooperative Movement for local supply
If Denmark wants to be better at exploiting renewable energy sources in the future, there is a need for an advanced and efficient energy system and distribution network. Around 40% of current electricity production comes from a few key coal plants, whereas The Alternative’s vision of a renewable energy system is based on a number of decentralized renewable energy producers.
In order to support investment in locally based energy generation, The Alternative wants to support a sustainable energy cooperative movement. Just as many communities have set up jointly owned waterworks, we will strengthen the opportunities for communities to invest in the establishment and operation of joint, sustainable energy production and energy infrastructure. This will be achieved by providing favorable conditions for cooperative associations as well as by making it possible to reinvest green taxes. These conditions naturally presuppose that the local associations meet a number of criteria and requirements for the sustainability of energy production.
We are convinced that local ownership can help to make it much more attractive to disseminate wind turbines and solar panels in the Danish countryside, for example. It can contribute to greater local engagement with the environment.